Italian multinational energy company Enel S.p.A. is set to deploy an autonomous drone to support maintenance activities at the company’s Torrevaldaliga Nord power plant in Italy. Enel has selected an autonomous drone system by Israeli company Percepto, the companies announced Monday.
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Headquartered in Rome, Enel operates in 35 countries across Europe, the Americas, Africa, Asia, and Oceania, employing 62,900 people. In 2017, Enel reported revenues of 72.7 billion euros.
Percepto, which is registered under the name VisionCortex Ltd., develops computer vision and automation software for on-site drone systems. Percepto was founded in 2014 and is based in central Israel.
Percepto’s on-site drone system launches from a charging box and operates autonomously, performing a number of security, safety, and inspection tasks essential for large industrial sites. Percepto’s drone collects aerial video and snapshots, transmitting data to personnel on the ground in real-time.
“While drones are touted as the technology of the future, the ability to act autonomously unlocks their true potential, enabling them to act as a responsible, independent and smart ‘team member’ that provides not only a bird’s-eye view of facilities, but real, actionable insights,” Dor Abuhasira, CEO of Percepto, said in a statement.